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Mastering your fears begins with having the courage to fail, which is the opposite of being afraid to fail. If not managed and controlled, being afraid to fail blocks success. At a minimum, it can create anxiety. At its worst, it can emotionally paralyze you. Becoming great requires failure. To excel at being a Fearless Leader, you must become courageous and master coping with failure. The road to success is riddled with the potholes of failure. By TC North
 
Northern Colorado boasts some of the state’s fastest growing communities, and area businesses have been key participants in that surge. The business triangle of Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland has benefited from construction and staff expansions at large companies such as Avago Technologies and Leprino Foods, while innovative startups have taken advantage of incubators, entrepreneurial competitions and other support from economic-development groups. By Suzie Romig


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What differentiates a successful leader from an effective manager? Cross­-functional knowledge and strategic thinking, certainly. But leadership also requires the emotional intelligence to guide stakeholder relationships. The competence to ethically exert power and influence. The confidence to make decisions with less­-than­-perfect information. And the courage to embrace change. Colorado professionals like you learn – and practice – this powerful combination of skills in Olin’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program. By Meg Shuff

 
 
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Ecosphere Environmental Services owner and President Mike Fitzgerald talks about what made his company a Top Company winner for 2014. Read more.
 
Fearless Leaders author TC North talks about consciously controlling fears to maximize success and how to have "inspiring courage." Read more.


 
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Lakeside, the smallest incorporated town in Colorado – with fewer residents than you can count on two hands – recently welcomed one of the largest boozy businesses in the state, Molly’s Spirits, which opened at the end of November. The 35-person team arrived in the store's 36,000-square-foot space just in time to usher in the obligatory guzzling over the holiday season. Molly’s is a marquee for beer, wine and spirits, with more than 10,000 products hand-selected by a knowledgeable team. The product lineup is thoughtfully overseen by long-time industry veterans, including Justin Savage, director of product and merchandising. By Gigi Sukin
 
The popular opinion is that the American education system isn’t producing enough STEM  (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates. But new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the RAND Corp. and the Urban Institute has countered this long-cited outlook with evidence that the reverse is actually true: There are more science and engineering workers in the U.S. than there are jobs. But does this apply in Colorado as well? Depends who you ask. By Mike Dano


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To both grow and give back, Mile Hi Foods has been diligent about planning strategically and keeping its finances in order. Partnering with the right company is key, Mile Hi President Kristy Taddonio Mullins says. “We’ve worked with Crowe GHP Horwath for years, and they’ve been integral in keeping us on track,” she says. By Nadine Pietrowski

 
 
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Dr. TC North, co-author of Amazon bestseller Fearless Leaders, talks about consciously controlling fears to maximize success and how to have "inspiring courage."
 
Capital Senior VP Michael Hartman talks about the ACG Denver's upcoming Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference.


 
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Staying “up to date” with customers in small business waiting rooms now means much more than rotating out old magazines. A recent survey shows that providing free Wi-Fi goes much further than offering reading materials, candy or water. “Businesses and entrepreneurs of all types recognize that wireless Internet access is a must for their patrons, and that providing free Wi-Fi can give them a competitive edge,” Comcast's Bill Stemper says. By Shawn Adamson


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To both grow and give back, Mile Hi Foods has been diligent about planning strategically and keeping its finances in order. Partnering with the right company is key, Mile Hi President Kristy Taddonio Mullins says. “We’ve worked with Crowe GHP Horwath for years, and they’ve been integral in keeping us on track,” she says. By Nadine Pietrowski
 
 
 
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GE Capital Senior VP Michael Hartman talks about the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Denver's upcoming Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference.
 
Meritage Funds Managing Director Derek Pilling talks about why he supports ACG and its upcoming event.
 
 

 
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The holiday glow has worn off and the guilt of taking a few weeks off to spend with your family and to over-indulge is kicking in. Your new year’s resolution of finding a job is still lingering and you realize you are still unemployed, but don’t worry you are not alone. So, can we just be real for a second and admit - the job search stinks! People you thought would jump over the moon for you won’t return your phone calls. The resume you have rewritten 50 times continues to fall into the black hole. January is touted to be the most depressing month of the year, and this is only exaggerated when you are unemployed. Here are a few ways to not only survive but thrive through a job search. By Shawna Simcik
 
The new Colorado law goes beyond current federal protections by prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including transgender status, for all employers, not just those that are federal contractors. Additionally, unlike federal law, the CADA applies to all Colorado employers, regardless of size. By Adam Brown


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To both grow and give back, Mile Hi Foods has been diligent about planning strategically and keeping its finances in order. Partnering with the right company is key, Mile Hi President Kristy Taddonio Mullins says. “We’ve worked with Crowe GHP Horwath for years, and they’ve been integral in keeping us on track,” she says. By Nadine Pietrowski

 
 
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Colorado Access CEO Marshall Thomas talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more

 
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I’ve witnessed first-hand how bad habits keep professionals from experiencing increased sales and a more robust bottom line. No matter how many times you hear about the importance of habits, the message is meaningless until you’re willing to ingrain the new habits into your life. Can you truly change? Can you break your bad habits? You can! How do I know? I suffered from and broke my own bad sales habits. By Liz Wendling
 
Bob Sakata, who with his wife, Joanna, owns Sakata Farms in Brighton, says people come to visit all the time, and not because they want to know more about the vegetables the farm grows. “Real estate agents are always knocking on our door,” he says. But his family is keeping the farm, which grows sweet corn, onions, cabbage and pinto beans. Sakata’s son runs the business now. Bob Sakata has no plans to retire. “It’s strange, but years ago I was working day and night and I was looking forward to someday accumulating enough to retire and travel the world,” he says. “Now I don’t want to.” By Nora Caley


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To both grow and give back, Mile Hi Foods has been diligent about planning strategically and keeping its finances in order. Partnering with the right company is key, Mile Hi President Kristy Taddonio Mullins says. “We’ve worked with Crowe GHP Horwath for years, and they’ve been integral in keeping us on track,” she says. “Their help ensures that we’re making progress toward our goals now as well as in the future.” Crowe GHP Horwath, a leading accounting services provider for the Rocky Mountain region. By Nadine Pietrowski

 
 
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Millions of great ideas are conceived every day; however, just because something is a great idea does not guarantee success. Business owners face major obstacles, including the practical realities of bringing the product to market and generating sufficient consumer awareness to sustain the business. Previously, this could be a monumental task that dooms many business ventures. However, the advent of crowdfunding sources might make the process of exposing a product to the market and making that initial purchase of inventory easier. By Peter Lemire
 
In the futurist world, trends are often based on loose signals derived from a few key data points and overlaid on some future timeline. The trends I’ve described above are a combination of empirical evidence, past observations, industry research and a fair amount of conjecture on my part. In many cases, the 1+1=3 formula I use comes from a Situational Futuring technique I’ve been developing over the past few years. There is great value in this line of thinking because it unlocks possibilities, and more importantly for both individuals and businesses, it can unlock key competitive advantages. By Tom Frey


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There is no doubt that one of the most critical relationships you have as business owner is with your commercial banker. Today, bankers seem to be moving around more than any period since the 1980’s. The thought of changing banks to follow your banker may seem overwhelming. Here are some points to consider. By Kevin Conroy

 
 
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Every year that I attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, I reach a point of overload of product strategies and emerging trends for the coming year. In so many ways, CES sets the tone for the global economy, with tens of thousands of private meetings being conducted in the background. Walking across the exhibit floors is quite a mind-expanding experience. Since I tend to use a radically different set of lenses to experience this show, I walked away with some rather unusual perspectives. For this reason, I’d like to mention 12 trends everyone seemed to have missed at CES. By Tom Frey
 
International travel was all in a day’s work for Tom Petrie in his role as an oil and gas industry analyst. Petrie, chairman of the private investment-banking firm Petrie Partners LLC, says one trip to Moscow and Beijing in 1983 was the turning point in his career. In Moscow, Petrie got into a debate with a presenter from the Soviet Oil Ministry about the future of oil production in what was then the Soviet Union. By Nora Caley


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There is no doubt that one of the most critical relationships you have as business owner is with your commercial banker. Today, bankers seem to be moving around more than any period since the 1980’s. The thought of changing banks to follow your banker may seem overwhelming. Here are some points to consider. By Kevin Conroy

 
 
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On Main Street in Breckenridge you can get a tattoo. You can buy a bottle of scotch or snarf down fat-laden french fries advertised as “heavenly.” The one thing you cannot get after January: marijuana. Seventy percent of Breckenridge voters decided in December to make cannabis dispensaries off-limits in the town’s tourist-oriented shopping areas. Opposition leaders had declared that cannabis shops on the town’s Victorian-cute Main Street, even if limited to upstairs locations, jeopardize the town’s tourist-friendly brand. By Allen Best
 
Information Technology, or IT, is an integral part of business these days. Almost no company can run without it.  We all dive for our computers, smartphones and notebooks any time there is a need to communicate and exchange information about our businesses. Our accounting, human resources, and project planning are structured with software. Where would salesman be without their contact management systems and electronic calendars? The challenge is, if you’re running, say, a car dealership, you’re in the business of selling cars, not selling software that inventories stock, or developing a bookkeeping system for your car sales business. By Jay Burgess


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There is no doubt that one of the most critical relationships you have as business owner is with your commercial banker. Today, bankers seem to be moving around more than any period since the 1980’s. The thought of changing banks to follow your banker may seem overwhelming. Here are some points to consider. By Kevin Conroy

 
 
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Carl Clark, president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
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Don’t take cultural change lightly; follow a “think-plan-do-do-do” model. This isn’t the area of business to try new things daily. It’s also not something that occurs in a weekend seminar or by getting everyone to walk over hot coals. Like other changes, cultural change is much easier when there’s clear and compelling evidence that things are broken. However, if you wake up one morning and realize that cultural change is required to succeed or to get to the next level, don’t despair. A strong leader with clear vision and great communication skills can still undertake cultural transformation collaboratively and thoughtfully, but don’t expect a walk in the park. By Todd Ordal
 
Tucked away in the Denver suburb of Broomfield is an international engineering firm leading the expansion of the Panama Canal, a man-made waterway now 100 years old but still considered one of the world’s great engineering feats. MWH Global, which employs about 600 in Colorado, won the contract to serve as design lead for the canal’s expansion in 2009. The estimated $5.25 billion project will open the canal to ships that are up to three times the size current capacity allows. By Gigi Sukin


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There is no doubt that one of the most critical relationships you have as business owner is with your commercial banker. Today, bankers seem to be moving around more than any period since the 1980’s. The thought of changing banks to follow your banker may seem overwhelming. Here are some points to consider. By Kevin Conroy

 
 
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Carl Clark, president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more
 
Madwire Media co-founders Joe and JB Kellogg talk about why their company is a 2014 Top Company winner. Read more.
 

 
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Anyone in the teleprospecting business for more than a year will tell you that lists are your biggest assets.  But if you’re in the habit of printing a new list each week and dialing down in search of “treasure,” chances are you’ll harvest little more than fool’s gold. Yes, you may dig up a couple of interested prospects today, but after a while that list will be stale and you’ll be begging for a new list, or better list, or warm list.  You won’t be working for the good of your company; only for short term boosts that lead-based commissions bring. Here’s a new way to look at your lists for 2015--don’t. Here’s what I mean. By Sam Dobbins
 
Hugh Brown Cannon was one of the people responsible for Denver’s cow town status. Cannon arrived in Denver in 1885 and went to work for a dairy north of the city. Later Cannon founded the Windsor Farm Dairy, and in 1918 built the dairy’s processing plant on 1855 Blake Street. The Windsor Dairy Building still stands in LoDo today. Cannon sold the dairy to Beatrice Foods in 1929, and then stayed with the company as a director. By Nora Caley


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There is no doubt that one of the most critical relationships you have as business owner is with your commercial banker. Today, bankers seem to be moving around more than any period since the 1980’s. The reasons for staying at a bank where you have conducted business for years despite your banker moving might seem the most practical; after all, it’s easier!  And, the thought of changing banks to follow your banker may seem overwhelming. Here are some points to consider. By Kevin Conroy

 
 
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Four Winds Interactive CEO David Levin explains why his software firm is a Top Company winner for 2014. Read more.
 

 
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It’s funny how the brush of death can become the kiss of life when it comes to perspective on the things that have true worth and value.  In our culture, we are encouraged to avoid aging at all costs; heaven forbid someone asks us how old we are when we are mid-life and beyond. As we enter a new year of life, pruning for positive growth is worth our attention. What is working for you? Do that more. What’s not working for you? Stop doing that. Prune the following six things out of your life to make room for positive action steps forward into 2015. By Lauren Miller
 
At 94, Klaus Obermeyer does not get discouraged, no matter what the day brings. Obermeyer, an avid skier who founded Sport Obermeyer more than half a century ago, has never worried about snowfall, recessions, even snowboarders. “The challenges and the opportunities never end,” he says. “That’s always there for the taking. We are dancing through life. If something negative comes, we know there is something positive connected to it.” By Nora Caley


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8z Real Estate believes that a Realtor can best serve their clients at a hyper local level. A local market expert has viewed the listings within their communities, studied the real estate market at a neighborhood level, and can translate that knowledge to a home buyer or seller who is trying to make a competitive offer or properly price and sell their home. Real estate goes beyond the transaction. By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Every December, my team and I have the opportunity to reflect on the past year’s activity and results, conduct some industry research, and spot some B2B trends among . You can take advantage of every one of these trends to increase your competitive advantage and improve marketing and sales performance in the coming year. Trend 1: Metrics are a major priority. We see many B2B companies adopting an end-to-end marketing and sales framework that attributes new revenue to specific lead sources. By Christopher Ryan
 
It heartens me that I can finally say something nice about an American car, the 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD. I recommend it for at least a test drive for people looking for a mid-size sedan. But I fear that most of the people I know would rather choose a Honda Accord, VW Passat, Toyota Camry or BMW 3 series.  Many Coloradans have a noticeable preference for import cars, and in spite of an effort by Chrysler to create an import aura, the Chrysler 200 is a decidedly classic American car. By Jeff Rundles


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8z Real Estate believes that a Realtor can best serve their clients at a hyper local level. A local market expert has viewed the listings within their communities, studied the real estate market at a neighborhood level, and can translate that knowledge to a home buyer or seller who is trying to make a competitive offer or properly price and sell their home. Real estate goes beyond the transaction. By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Pat Bowlen bought the Denver Broncos in 1984, with a background in oil and gas and real estate in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For the next three decades under Bowlen, the franchise put together a nearly unprecedented run of success. Through the 2013 season, the team won 289 regular-season games and appeared in six Super Bowls, winning two of them. By Nora Caley
 
As we dive headfirst into Q1, we are likely to see companies investing in additional resources, whether that be people, equipment, software or infrastructure. It’s the time of year when change is ripe, and with confidence on the rise, we’re poised for increased opportunities for growth and change as the door swings open to 2015. Privately held U.S. companies are entering the New Year with strong profitability and healthy sales growth. By Brad Bayless


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8z Real Estate believes that a Realtor can best serve their clients at a hyper local level. A local market expert has viewed the listings within their communities, studied the real estate market at a neighborhood level, and can translate that knowledge to a home buyer or seller who is trying to make a competitive offer or properly price and sell their home. Real estate goes beyond the transaction. By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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In some ways, we live in the best of times and the worst of times. We all have competitors, in some cases more competitors than ever. We all work to get our marketing message out in an increasingly cluttered environment, to customers who have a plethora of choices when deciding where to spend their money. At the same time we have more tools to identify our customers. We also know more about our customers, which helps us more effectively make our pitch. By Tim Dodge
 
Denver’s retail and restaurant scene was abuzz during the past year, with scores of openings throughout the metro area.  And 2015 should be just as exciting, as new chefs enter the market with their own unique menus, and creative shops and boutiques continue to fill retail space at a variety of new and existing developments. By Sam Zaitz


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8z Real Estate believes that a Realtor can best serve their clients at a hyper local level. Any Realtor can schedule a showing, but not every Realtor will know that neighborhood inside and out. A local market expert has viewed the listings within their communities, studied the real estate market at a neighborhood level, and can translate that knowledge to a home buyer or seller who is trying to make a competitive offer or properly price and sell their home. Real estate goes beyond the transaction. By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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The holiday season brings out the best in businesses. Leaders tend to be a little more intentional about philanthropic initiatives, giving to charities, and offering extra holiday perks and parties around the office. But what if we took these seasonal actions and applied them to business practices year-round? We can create a culture of giving by leading by example, encouraging employee participation and implementing internal systems that integrate philanthropy practices into business operations. By Jay Millard
 
When Clay Meers and his wife, Tamara, were dating, she carried a bottle of hot sauce in her purse just in case. Now they’re saucy business partners at Yampa Valley Sauce Co., based out of Steamboat Springs. The Meers’ path is a scenario often duplicated, said Dawn Thilmany, professor of agricultural economics at Colorado State University. By Suzie Romig


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I am often asked to speak at various business functions, and following one particular luncheon presentation, I was contacted by the president of a consulting engineering services firm who was facing organizational challenges that had become aggravated by his rapid growth. Don's company provided engineering consulting services to a client base that included large international banks and mega-sized utility companies for capital projects involving hundreds of millions of dollars and requiring several years to complete. Their world was highly challenging, a high-stakes work environment in which the competition was fierce. By Larry Valant

 
 
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The holiday season brings out the best in businesses. Leaders tend to be a little more intentional about philanthropic initiatives, giving to charities, and offering extra holiday perks and parties around the office. But what if we took these seasonal actions and applied them to business practices year-round? We can create a culture of giving by leading by example, encouraging employee participation and implementing internal systems that integrate philanthropy practices into business operations. By Jay Millard
 
When Clay Meers and his wife, Tamara, were dating, she carried a bottle of hot sauce in her purse just in case. Now they’re saucy business partners at Yampa Valley Sauce Co., based out of Steamboat Springs. The Meers’ path is a scenario often duplicated, said Dawn Thilmany, professor of agricultural economics at Colorado State University. By Suzie Romig


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I am often asked to speak at various business functions, and following one particular luncheon presentation, I was contacted by the president of a consulting engineering services firm who was facing organizational challenges that had become aggravated by his rapid growth. Don's company provided engineering consulting services to a client base that included large international banks and mega-sized utility companies for capital projects involving hundreds of millions of dollars and requiring several years to complete. Their world was highly challenging, a high-stakes work environment in which the competition was fierce. By Larry Valant

 
 
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Life and work bring many surprises, opportunities, challenges and unexpected changes.  It can be a jungle out there.  Peace, health, and wealth may be illusive.  You may wonder, “Over what do I have control?” In Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, Sarah Ban Breathnach provides guidance, “The one thing we do have absolute control over is the quality of our days.  Even when we’re grief-stricken, racked with pain, sick from worry, deeply depressed, squeezed by circumstances – how we greet, meet, and complete each day is our choosing.” By Theresa Szczurek
 
$500,000 and 10 full-time jobs. That’s the going rate for a visa or two-year green card via the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. Foreign investors in commercial projects get fast-tracked to permanent legal residency – although the term “fast-tracked” is somewhat relative. Established in 1990, the program grants up to 10,000 visas a year, with as many as 90 percent of them going to Chinese applicants. By Eric Peterson


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I tell my kids to “try” things all the time: try some sushi, try using your chopsticks, try not to smear wasabi on your sister.  They’re on the younger side, so I try to give them the benefit of the doubt as these requests are new territory for them. But as adults and more importantly, as employees, should we “try,” or should we just be able to do what is asked of us? By Laura Cook Newman

 
 
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David Sinkey, president of Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company winner. Read more.
 
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As 2014 winds down, corporate directors will soon sit down in their boardrooms, as they do every year about this time, to focus on what is perhaps their most important function and primary responsibility: establishing and evaluating their companies’ overall strategic direction. The traditional strategic planning process usually occurs something like this: the board of directors and executive management collectively agree on the process to establish an overall strategy. Management then develops a strategy based on that input, and the board monitors the execution of that strategy over time. By Taylor Simonton
 
In a perfect world, leaders take the blame, but share the credit. Too bad the world is far from perfect. Oftentimes leaders take more than their fair share of credit but hardly any blame. Why is that? Do leaders think they are never to blame but always responsible for a company's success? Listen, just because you gained a leadership role doesn't you mean you somehow become some sort of superhero who always makes the right moves. You're still largely the same person you've always have been, with an added title and more responsibility. By Derek Murphy


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Sometime in the early nineties, we decided that we were causing some of our own problems because we weren’t training our own salesmen. Business was good and growing, but we wanted to make our team better. So for 10 or so years we ran classes and asked everyone who attended to rank, in order of importance, a dozen reasons they might go to work for a company. By Pat Wiesner

 
 
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As 2014 winds down, corporate directors will soon sit down in their boardrooms, as they do every year about this time, to focus on what is perhaps their most important function and primary responsibility: establishing and evaluating their companies’ overall strategic direction. The traditional strategic planning process usually occurs something like this: the board of directors and executive management collectively agree on the process to establish an overall strategy. Management then develops a strategy based on that input, and the board monitors the execution of that strategy over time. By Taylor Simonton
 
In a perfect world, leaders take the blame, but share the credit. Too bad the world is far from perfect. Oftentimes leaders take more than their fair share of credit but hardly any blame. Why is that? Do leaders think they are never to blame but always responsible for a company's success? Listen, just because you gained a leadership role doesn't you mean you somehow become some sort of superhero who always makes the right moves. You're still largely the same person you've always have been, with an added title and more responsibility. By Derek Murphy


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Sometime in the early nineties, we decided that we were causing some of our own problems because we weren’t training our own salesmen. Business was good and growing, but we wanted to make our team better. So for 10 or so years we ran classes and asked everyone who attended to rank, in order of importance, a dozen reasons they might go to work for a company. By Pat Wiesner

 
 
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Point B Practice Director Tim Larson talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
Gibson Athletic/RAGE Fitness COO Bob Hirnieson talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
 

 
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Alpine Bank has been serving the mountain communities for more than 41 years. We are now open in Union Station.  Cherry Creek location coming in 2015.
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The idea of giving stocks to children and teens this holiday season is an attractive option for some parents and grandparents. Gifting stock is an enduring way to pass on what we have learned about managing and preserving wealth to the next generation.  It can teach them a lesson about the markets as well as encouraging children to save while cultivating a responsible approach toward managing money.  You may even want to consider using some of the gains to teach them the importance of charitable giving. By Stephen Stribling
 
Many people who are currently unemployed used to work for a large corporation. They were "right-sized," or "RIFfed," or whatever new buzzword the corporate jargonists are currently using for destroying people's lives in the relentless pursuit of larger executive bonuses. If you're not cut out for corporate America, don't think that you are stuck there just because you've been there. You're not stuck. You can get out. And, even if you're 55, 65 or 75, there is no time like the present. By John Heckers


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Why are we so interested in catching a glimpse of the inner workings of other professional environments? Can it really be that much better to spend your 9-5 at office A than office B? Work is work after all, right? Not quite. And while Ping-Pong tables, kegerators and competitive compensation hold special places in 21st century professionals’ hearts, those aren’t the forces that get them up and out of bed each morning, working hard and unequivocally commiting to an organization. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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SendGrid CEO Jim Franklin talks about why his company was a 2014 Top Company winner. Read more.
 
 

 
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We actually are biologically wired for empathetic responses along with the ability to read and respond to other people’s emotions. Mirror neurons were discovered in the 1990s by neuroscientist Giacomo Rizzzolatti. They imitate the actions and emotions of other people. They are brilliantly designed to help us empathize and understand along with learning. This is why we imitate positive or negative emotions that we ourselves observe in other people. Basically, we have the ability to evoke an emotional response in other people positive or negative. By Lauren Miller
 
You’ve seen that little chat box on websites you frequent. You may even have used the live chat function on a consumer or business site to answer questions about a product before you bought it. However, did you ever consider adding live chat to your own business’ arsenal of sales and customer service tools? Live chat has a lot to offer B2C and B2B companies that market their products and services on the web. By Katie Wilson


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Robin King and Lynn Till shared interests in crafting, cooking and creating, but learned they “were better together,” says King. They launched R.L. Linden & Co. in 2013 – named for their initials and the “calming” trees that dot Denver’s streets. The catalog includes mists, balms and serums made from high-quality herbal and floral ingredients. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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A year-end financial review can be instrumental to your future financial success. However, you may not want to wait until the end of the year to review your financial affairs. Consider doing it during the fall so you'll have ample time to take any corrective action before year's end. Here's a quick look at some of the key issues you should consider when conducting your review. Review your retirement assets. Whether your retirement is a long way off or right around the corner, it is likely that you'll have to make periodic adjustments to your retirement portfolio. By Shelley Ford
 
I recently reviewed an appraisal and out of curiosity, I looked at the appraiser's resume that was attached to the appraisal. Their most recent experience was a manager at Dominos pizza (currently employed there) and they got their appraisal license online. I have nothing against Domino’s pizza, but I am less than convinced that delivering pizzas provides real estate expertise.  Does this background provide the necessary experience to accurately assess a property’s value? By Glen Weinberg


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Diedra Garcia, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver was born in Las Vegas, N.M., and moved to Denver as a child. Garcia, now 49, took the reins of the 2,300-member Chamber in February after leaving DRG Construction Corp., a commercial contracting firm. By Lynn Bronikowski

 
 
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What do you want to see go out of style this year?  Kale?  Skrillex?  Kim Kardashian?  Here’s one I hope will go out of style in business: The Corporate Selfie. What’s that you ask?  It’s that slide businesses have that kicks off their client presentation. You know the one: It shows any or all of the following:  a picture of your building (ho hum), the timeline of your company’s growth (blah, blah, blah) and/or the logos of your best customers (I’m sorry, are you still talking to me?) By Julie Hansen
 
Most employers of home health care workers are aware of the labor law changes affecting their industry starting in January. Many of these employers, however, do not fully appreciate the adjustments they will have to make to their payroll and employment practices to comply with the new rules. Starting Jan. 1  home health care workers classified as “companions”, who are employed by third-part companies, are no longer exempt from the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. By Kalen Fraser


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I think the good news is businesses are hiring and jobs are available again. If a worker wants to improve his job prospects, we have apprenticeship programs, a great community college system, and state schools that offer classes at night and on weekends. When the chancellor at CU Colorado Springs asked everyone in the graduating class who was working to pay for college to stand, only a handful of graduates remained seated. The economy really is getting better and the job opportunities are out there! By Tucker Hart Adams

 
 
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The process of finding the right people is not easy, and employment law is a minefield. As employer, following employment “rules” is a must (and very hard for entrepreneurs). It begins with attracting great people; retaining them and treating everyone fairly. Those three skills are key. The best way to handle problem employees is to never hire them in the first place. Good hiring leads to a better workplace and longevity of your reputation and quality. With a startup, this is hard to do because often we are so desperate to get the work done that we hire the warm body and not the person. By Erin Gibbs
 
 
Academia's new course
At the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education, some students want to change careers, says Assistant Dean Armando Parés. “But there are even more folks who want to pick up skills,” he says. Students garner skills to advance their careers, boost earnings and increase job security. “It’s also about job satisfaction,” DU’s McGuire adds. “Because our students are, on average, 36 years old, they have more perspective on how careers fit into their lives.”  By Jamie Siebrase
 

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On a recent visit to a Colorado small town, I saw an old MINI, the British one with the right-drive, and I marveled at how small cars used to be. I had just driven the 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop, and, given the comparison, I have decided that the new one should be called the MIDI Cooper. It’s still cute, but it isn’t all that small anymore. It isn’t all that British, either. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Inspirato President David Kallery talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
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You may have noticed that you are paying a lot less at the gas pump then you were even a month ago. To put things in perspective, in the summer of 2008, West Texas Intermediate oil, a benchmark of oil pricing, traded at $140 a barrel. Today, WTI oil sells for less than $76 a barrel, a drop of 45 percent from that all-time high price six years ago. Oil is down 25 percent since July. So what exactly caused this decline, and what do these lower prices mean for the U.S economy and the rest of the world? The explanation lies in simple supply and demand. By Fred Taylor
 
 
Putting Colorado on the digital health care map
Two of Colorado’s primary initiatives are to be the healthiest and most innovative state in the nation.  This challenge was taken on recently in a joint effort between PRIME Health and the Colorado Health Foundation. The result was the 2014 CO Digital Health Challenge. This first time type of collaborative initiative in the country consisted of a $150,000 purse, split into two tracks: connecting applicants with pilot opportunities and/or investment funding. By Triche Guenin
 

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The human race does not exist as self-sufficient organisms. We all pride ourselves as being rugged individualists, yet we have little chance of surviving without each other. Even though we are constantly fighting to become well-balanced people, the greatest people throughout history, the people most lauded as heroes, were highly unbalanced individuals. They simply capitalized on their strengths and downplayed their weaknesses. By Tom Frey

 
 
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Inspirato President David Kallery talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
Heather Lafferty, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, talks about why her organization is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
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I was on a trip to a prospective client who wanted help crafting strategy and better articulating objectives. The CEO had a great deal of passion for the business, his customers and his employees, but his measures of success were ethereal, more about feel than metrics. If he heard good stories from his workers on the front line and his customers, he was happy. If he heard bad ones, he was upset. Not so his senior managers! They had no idea whether they were winning or losing because they were no longer sure of which metrics mattered. By Todd Ordal
 
 
Every boom goes bust
This is an exciting time to be living in Colorado, as there is an obvious economic boom underway, manifest mostly in visible construction, and it is truly something to behold. And this isn’t just some idle observation: I have been witnessing the booms and busts of our fair state and its capital city up-close for nearly 40 years as a business reporter. Still, I have never seen anything quite like what is happening now. But it begs some serious questions. For one: Who the hell is living in all of the apartments that are springing up everywhere? By Jeff Rundles
 

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I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence (AI) with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity. As I was pondering these differing points of view, it occurred to me that we currently don’t have any real way of measuring the potency of AI. How will we ever know there is a real threat of danger if we have no way of measuring it? By Tom Frey

 
 
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Heather Lafferty, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, talks about why her organization is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
ColoradoBiz's Gigi Sukin chats with GenXYZ winner Ryan Ross, 33, Dean of Student Development and Retention, The Community College of Denver. Read more.
 

 
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There seems to be a dirty little secret in most businesses: We live or die by the telephone.  Whether your inside sales team is following up on existing customers or your outside sales force is trying to get a foot in the door, the telephone is an essential tool to your company’s success. For the past year or two, we have had a lot of hoopla about social media, and getting clicks on your website, but I’m here to tell you that while this type of branding has its purpose and strengthens marketing campaigns, telephone calls are the essential elements toward starting the sales ball rolling. As we wind down for 2014, let’s take a long, hard look at how you’re using the phone, and what you can do to implement its role in your sales program for the year ahead. By Sam Dobbins
 
 
IPOs: Bold and buzz-worthy
Often initial public offerings are interpreted as symptoms of big things brewing and validation that the rest of the world is watching. Bold, buzz-worthy IPOs secure a spotlight and generous payday for the companies as well as the communities they’re stationed in. But it goes beyond that moment in time. It’s worth noting that public ownership comes at a cost, and the sparkle of the IPO can fade. Public companies spend great deals of time balancing the needs of long-term shareholders alongside the impulses of fast-money traders, and short sellers on the opposite end of the bet, eager to see the stock drop. By Gigi Sukin
 

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Let’s be clear: it is one of the coolest-looking cars on the street. It is sleek, low and in the Austin Yellow Metallic paint job they provided on my evaluation model (a sort of weird, highly noticeable green, really), this car stands out.  But oddly – and this goes a long way to why I didn’t like the car – operating it in the city at normal driving speeds is very unexciting. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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ColoradoBiz's Gigi Sukin chats with GenXYZ winner Ryan Ross, 33, Dean of Student Development and Retention, The Community College of Denver. Read more.
 
Workplace Resource President & CEO Carla Dore talks about why her company is a Top Company finalist for 2014. Read more.

 

 
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Every company has a team of hardworking people whose job it is to build business and promote growth. But each business has only one employee that works non-stop, around the clock, without ever needing a break: its website. And yet some websites don’t tell a positive story about the businesses they represent. Maybe they’re beautifully designed but don’t include any of the facts a potential customer would look for as they research the product. Maybe a site has all the information a new customer would need, but is poorly organized or is so dense that a site visitor doesn’t stick around long enough to read it. By Keith Roberts
 
 
Trademarks on wheels
The purpose of trademarks is to protect consumers so that they know what they are buying. However, when a company fails and its marks go abandoned, anyone can pick them up and register them as their own – and then sell products under the old venerable brand. Even though I know the new Motobecane has no relationship to the old company, I still am inclined to trust the brand more than a no name brand by the same manufacturer. Other consumers not in the know may be even more inclined. By Kurt Leyendecker
 

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Doug and Nancy Van Reeth had no jobs lined up when they returned to Northern Colorado in April after eight years in Maine. The two met in the late ‘90s at the Loveland Reporter Herald, where he was chief photographer and she was a graphic designer, but they knew they weren’t going back to the shrinking newspaper industry. It didn’t take them long to come up with an alternative. By Mike Taylor

 
 
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Chad McWhinney, CEO of McWhinney Real Estate Services, talks about his company.  Read more.
 
 

 
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Your attitude could be a huge detriment to getting a new position. Do you think you project anger, frustration, a why-me or poor-me attitude? Ask your friends or spouse/partner; they may be a better barometer. If the answer is yes, you’d better change your attitude right away. Any negativity will show up in your body language, facial expression, reactions to questions – and in loads of other, subtle ways. You are not a victim. There are no jobs for victims. Keep in mind that these may be the last years for you to make a difference, to contribute in ways you’ve always dreamed of.  By Gale Dunlap
 
 
Oilfield innovators and water
In August, Riggs Eckelberry flew into Aspen for a renewable energy conference, but perhaps surprisingly, his message concerned traditional energy development. He aimed to talk about his company’s algae-based system to help drillers clean up their water. Water is indeed a major expense for drillers operating in the Wattenberg, Raton and other oil and gas fields in Colorado. In terms of total water consumption, drilling uses only a small fraction of the state’s water. But in some places, even that small quantity causes a steady procession of trucks lumbering along county roads. By Allen Best
 

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In the heart of Denver’s historic and industrial Globeville neighborhood lives a team of angels that whips up nutritious and comforting meals for Colorado residents living with life-threatening illness. Within the walls of an old meat-packing plant turned state-of-the-art institutional kitchen, an army of chefs, staff, and volunteers known as Project Angel Heart make miracles happen weekly. By Laura Cook Newman

 
 
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Chad McWhinney,  CEO and co-founder of McWhinney Real Estate Services, Inc., talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finaliist. Read more.
 
CoBank CEO Bob Engel talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalistRead more.
 
 

 
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Advertising: That single word is the reason for the success and failure of so many businesses. However, it also can be hard to measure or judge its success. Taking a leap with a big advertising budget can certainly be risky, but the upside of building your company on its own success is truly immeasurable. These days, there seem to be so many media outlets and so many different ways to reach your customers and potential customers. And although it seems that some of these new medias are really effective, having so many available choices can make it harder to manage advertising dollars – or at least, it is for us. By John Le Bel
 
 
This gift keeps on giving
Custodial accounts have been around for years and are used to hold and protect assets until a child reaches the age of 21 in Colorado (this age is different in each state). Although there are other options to help the kids financially, such as starting a 529 account for college, opening a 401(k) on their behalf or setting up formal trusts, a custodial account works best in some circumstances. You should investigate all gifting options available to find the one right for you and your child. By Herb White
 

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OpenSnow CEO Joel Gratz started skiing when he was 4 years old and avidly watched The Weather Channel throughout childhood. So, it’s no wonder he became a meteorologist. He started the Colorado Powder Forecast blog and newsletter in 2007 after a ski trip to Breckenridge in 2005, during which 6 inches at Breck was dwarfed by a storm up north. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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